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Georgia finds a big catch in Leesburg's Mohl

March 1, 2006

Columbus - Former Lee County softball standout Becky Mohl grew up with the dream of playing the sport she loves at the school she loves, the University of Georgia.

 And it is a good thing that the Mohl walked on to the Bulldog softball last fall because if she hadn't, Georgia would be living a nightmare in finding someone to catch.

It is a big jump from Darton College to the University of Georgia.

But it was a leap that Leesburg's Becky Mohl had to make.

Mohl said "It was a dream come true. I had always wanted to see if I could play D-I at Georgia."

Becky's dream became reality when she made the Georgia softball team in the fall.

Georgia softball coach Lu Harris-Champer said "Becky is one in a million. We thank our lucky stars that she fell into our lap."

Coach Harris-Champer didn't know how lucky she was to have Becky until her starting catcher went down with an injury and her backup left school due to illness.

 That left a Georgia program that came within one win of a trip to the College World Series last year with a walk-on catcher to start this season.

Mohl said  "It took me alot to get used to the pitching. The breaks you know, all over. It is a new ball game."

While the butterflies are gone, the hits have been hard to come by for Becky who is learning the difference between fast pitch softball in the SEC and in the georgia junior college ranks.

Mohl said "I just have to got to see the ball better, be aggressive at the plate. I let some go by, some first strikes. I just got to be aggressive."

Harris-Champer said  "We didn't know that Charvi was going to get hurt. Becky has stepped right in and played phenomanal divison one ball behind the plate. She looks great."

The good news for Georgia is that starting catcher Charvi Greer will return to the lineup in th next week or two.

While Greer will be Georgia's primary catcher, Becky will get her share of playing time as she has learned her game is good enough to play with the best in the nation.


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